Child found dead in playground near primary school

A SMALL child has tragically died in a playground next to a primary school in Darwin.

The child’s body was reportedly found in a playground near Wanguri Primary School.

ABC Darwin reporter Elias Clure broke the story on Thursday afternoon.

The local reporter said the child is believed to have died on Wednesday night.

It is understood the child was a student at the school. Their age is not known.

Northern Territory Police Senior Sergeant Matt Allen told 7 News the child’s death was not being treated as suspicious, but rather as a case of “misadventure”.

The circumstances surrounding the incident and cause of death are not yet clear.

Northern Territory Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the child’s death and will prepare a report for the information of the Coroner.

Detectives have spent the day examining the scene.

No further information was available at the time of writing.

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Woman caught with 10 unrestrained kids in car fined $5000, hit with 30 demerit points

A WOMAN has been fined $5000 and been hit with 30 demerit points after she was allegedly caught driving around with 10 unrestrained children in the car.

Officers pulled over the woman’s car on Bagot Street in Alice Springs on January 3 after noticing a number of children “jumping around the cabin”.

Once stopped, it’s alleged officers counted 10 children under the age of 16 inside the vehicle, none of whom were wearing seat belts.

A child under the age of one was also unrestrained and sitting on the front passenger’s lap, police said.

The Northern Territory woman driving the car was fined $5,040 and issued with 30 demerit points.

Senior Constable First Class Ivan Petrovic slammed the woman’s actions, labeling her “irresponsible” and “reckless”.

“How someone can knowingly drive a vehicle in which their passengers are unrestrained is beyond me,” he said.

“Seatbelts are designed to save your life and prevent serious injuries in the case of a traffic crash.”